Supporters of the legal requirements for healthcare reform, counter the argument of increased adverse events and medical errors by stating that the requirement for quality care measures and positive patient outcomes should reduce the number of malpractice claims (Rothstein, 2011). Supporters contend that improved coordination of care and the development of medical homes will improve the overall care of patients and decrease adverse events. It is too soon to determine which side is correct regarding the improvement of patient care and the reduction in adverse events resulting in the loss or harm to patients. Strategies to Avoid Malpractice Communication failure, as the result of inaccurate or missing information; misunderstanding among the physicians and patients, and the all the disciplines; and failure to patients’ follow-up are a huge factor leading to malpractice. Strategies such as Teach-back
5 technique, standardized medical record system, and medical training will diminish the risk of malpractice in the healthcare system (Macready, 2006). Teach-Back Technique The teach-back technique is when the physicians ask the patients about what information they are going to discuss with their family about the visit and the treatment plan. This method allows the doctors to determine the level of patient understanding and cognitive awareness. Patients diagnosed with cognitive declines, such as language, reading and memory skill are more predispose to misunderstand the physicians' consultations and procedures about their health status (Macready, 2006). Standardized Medical Record System When patients are transferred between physicians, the risk of malpractice grows. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) encourages the healthcare practitioners to implement databases and procedures that include a standardized medical record system. Some of them are computer systems that transmit electronically patients’ data and make it accessible to everybody involved in the patients’ care, consistent forms to fill out, and close communication between the leaving and incoming staff members in every shift. These measures can reduce malpractice arising after diagnoses failures (Macready, 2006). Medical Training The reduction of working hours per week in the hospitals intended to improve the patients’ safety. However, residents and allied personnel had to cover for the lack of hospitalist, increasing the gaps in training and performances. Growing the hours the residents is required to pass under supervision. The residents and supervisors must be extra involved in recognizing and applying solutions since better resident training go a long way toward decreasing the malpractice in hospitals (Macready, 2006).
You've reached the end of your free preview.
Want to read all 7 pages?
- Fall '14
- healthcare providers, Medical malpractice, Adverse event, Malpractice